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Adults with CHDs  |  Advocacy (and Need for Advocacy)  |  CHD Research  |  Drugs Taken For CHDs  |  Education  |  Genetics  |  Healthcare Reform/Changes  |  Heart Procedures/Surgeries/Devices  |  HLHS Information  |  Other Procedures, including Dentistry and Piercing  |  Oral Aversion and Feeding Issues  |  Pregnancy  |  Role of Doctor  |  Speech and Language Disorders  |  Transplantation

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Adults and Teens with CHDs

ACC/AHA guidelines break new ground in adult congenital heart disease   7-Nov-2008

Pediatric heart surgeons may be best for adult heart defect surgery   November 7, 2008

Thousands Of Survivors Of Congenital Heart Defects Facing Specialist Shortage   20 Feb 2008

New website gives young hearts a boost   Dec 7 2007

Congenital Heart Disease in Adults— First of Two Parts   New England Journal of Medicine 1-27-2000

Congenital Heart Disease in Adults— Second of Two Parts    2-3-2000

Advocacy (and Need for Advocacy)

New book gives a human face to children with congenital heart disease   Feb. 21, 2008

Maternal Concerns Need To Be Addressed When Doctors Treat Children With Congestive Heart Disease - 08/13/2001

Patients' Poor Knowledge of Heart Conditions May Have Harmful Consequences - 06/14/2001

CHD Research, Medical Studies and Trials

Engineer Develops Method To Combat Congenital Heart Disease In Children  : Feb. 9, 2009

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Plans $25M in Funding for Pediatric Genomics of Congenital Heart Disease   October 16, 2008

Newborn babies given pioneering extra checks   Jun 10 2008
Pulse Ox screening test in UK

Lung damage in babies with congenital heart disease under study   10-Mar-2008

Mary Bridge and Tacoma General Team Up to Screen for Congenital Heart Defects   Feb 19, 2008
Babies born at Tacoma Genera Hospital to be First in the State Screened before Discharge

Cord Blood Stem Cells And Cardiovascular Disease   20 Feb 2008

Researchers Seek To Mend Broken Hearts   Feb 13, 2008
Chicken embryos may hold key to heart defects

Science stacks up for B vitamins and pregnancy   25/01/2008
A combination of low vitamin B12 levels and certain genotypes for the methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) and transcobalamin II (TC) genes were found to increase the risk of CHD by about 35 and 100 per cent, respectively, report the researchers in the journal Molecular Genetics and Metabolism.

A living, beating heart -- grown in a jar    January 13, 2008
University of Minnesota researchers grew a rat heart in a landmark effort that may foreshadow the ability to grow tissue to repair organs, or even create organs for transplant.

Research Evaluates Newborn Screening Test, UK   18 Dec 2007

Potential link between congenital heart anomaly and migraines   22-Nov-2007

Real-time MRI helps doctors assess beating heart in fetus
Advanced imaging improves tools for evaluating heart disease before birth  29-Sep-2005 Drugs

Rivaroxaban, warfarin comparable Cardiology Today  Dec 2010

New Guidelines Urge Heart Tests Before Kids Take ADHD Drugs   April 22, 2008

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Guidelines Published in the Journal of The ADA April 2007

ADHD drugs: Cardiac toxicity low, but emergency room visits up. Medscape Medical News; December 18, 2007.

US panel urges heart risk warning on ADHD drugs    - Feb. 10, 2006

Plan to end pediatric drug trials draws fire    - 04/02/2002

Warfarin Treatment In Children Undergoing Cardiac Surgery May Impair Bone Metabolism   - 07/11/2001


For children with heart disease, a risk of attention and behavior problems   7-Apr-2008


New Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects: Researchers pinpoint second gene crucial to heart development   May 4, 2011

Long QT Syndrome - More Common Than You Thought - 03/10/2003

Healthcare Reform/Changes

For babies with heart defects, death risk is far lower at most experienced hospitals - First national study of death risks from congenital heart repair suggests that the trickiest cases should go to regional centers    17-Dec-2007 Heart Procedures/Surgeries/Devices

New Pulmonary Valve Delays Need for Open-Heart Surgery   2/2/2011

Three Indiana universities collaborating to fight leading childhood heart birth defect
Pump could reduce surgeries in affected children by two-thirds   Oct. 14, 2009

Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve and Ensemble® Transcatheter Delivery System   July 22, 2009

FDA approves bioresorbable barrier to prevent adhesions in children after open-heart surgery    March 10, 2009

Software Improves and Predicts Outcome of Lifesaving Children's Heart Surgery in 3D   23-Jan-2009

Stereotaxis Magnetic Navigation System Used to Successfully Treat an Inoperable Congenital Heart Defect in a 10-Year Old Patient   July 16, 2008

Pediatric Heart Surgery First   Monday March 10, 2008
Nurses at Miami Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart Institute helped ensure a good outcome for the recipient of the world’s first non-surgical tricuspid valve replacement, placed in January in the facility’s cardiac catheterization lab.

AGA Medical Corporation Receives European CE Mark Approval for the AMPLATZER(R) Duct Occluder II   2/11/08

Biodegradable film reduces surgical scarring   29-Jan-2008
A new, biodegradable film designed to reduce the severity of scarring following open heart surgery in young children appears to be safe and effective, according to researchers attending the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Ft. Lauderdale.

Percutaneous Pulmonary Stents to Remedy Stenosis in Repaired Valves    Jan 28 2008
Repaired congenital heart defects that later develop a stenosis may be rejuvenated with an investigational biological valve that can be deployed percutaneously.

Revolutionary Heart Procedure Gives Boy 2nd Chance   01/18/08

Evolution in Interventional Cardiology
With timely detection, treatment for heart disorders is now possible without surgical opening of the heart   01/16/08

The Development of Prosthetic Heart Valves — Lessons in Form and Function - 10-4-2007

Blood-incompatible Infant Heart Transplants Safe, Study Suggests   ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2007)

The Berlin Heart

Is Arrhythmia Detection by Automatic External Defibrillator Accurate for Children?    (Circulation. 2001;103:2483.)

HLHS Information

Surgical outcome for patients with the aortic atresia-mitral stenosis variant of hypoplastic left heart syndrome    American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 2008

Other Procedures, including Dentistry, Piercing and Organ Donation

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Guidelines Published in the Journal of The ADA April 2007

Tattooing Could Prove Risky for Patients With Congenital Heart Disease   Nov 10, 2007

Report of a National Conference on Donation After Cardiac Death   01/31/2006

Teen gets piercing-related heart infection   March 11 2003

The Nuss Procedure for Pectus Excavatum - a collection of resources that explains the Nuss Procedure to correct pectus excavatum, also known as sunken or funnel chest.


Smoking Early in Pregnancy Raises Risks of Heart Defects in Newborns   :Apr 7, 2008

Specialized Care Essential for Women With Congenital Heart Disease Undergoing Pregnancy   Wednesday, Feb. 27 2008

UTIs during pregnancy raise baby's heart risk   06 Nov 07

Paroxetine Exposure in Early Pregnancy Linked to Risk of Defects   Dec. 8, 2005

Pregnancy Well Tolerated by Most After Aortic Coarctation Repair   Nov 23 2005

Mom's weight linked to heart risk in baby   Jul-2001

Role of Doctor

General Practitioner's Role Vital In Pediatric Heart Disease   05/26/2000

Speech and Language Disorders

Evidence Report on Criteria for Determining Disability in Speech-Language Disorders   January 2002

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